Insect farming is considered as an opportunity to develop bioeconomy business ideas and to producte protein for food and feed. There are millions of insect species in the world and at least some 2000 insect species are suitable for human consumption. However, in Europe, the main focus has been on about ten to twenty species, such as house cricket, mealworm or black soldier fly.

Business ideas can be related to the rearing and use of insects as food, feed or related businesses as well as to circular economy. Because insect rearing is a novel business in Europe, there is a need to develop, share and disseminate state of the art information related to insect rearing. Information is needed, among other things, on nutrition and rearing techniques of insects, ensuring food safety and health if insects, and how consumers and food sector operators view edible insects. Challenges and opportunities related to automation of insect rearing as well as regulations concerning edible insects as novel food also need to be addressed.

The Nordic countries are well advanced in insect business. ENTOLAB project ad NJF are organizing a nordic seminar on Nordic seminar on insects for food, feed and circular economy. The purpose of this seminar is to share information and discuss about possibilities and prospects of insect rearing in the Nordic countries.

 ENTOLAB aims at developing and boosting business based on insect rearing in South Ostrobothnia in collaboration with local businesses. The project has received support from the Rural development programme for the mainland Finland 2014-2020.

Call for papers and posters

The organizing committee invites proposals for oral presentations and posters. Submissions addressing any aspect of insect rearing or their use as food or feed are welcomed. Contributions can represent any relevant discipline, insect-related business or case study.

Please submit a short abstract highlighting the research question, materials and methods, the main result and a conclusion of your contribution via the on-line form:

The deadline for submissions is the 21st of November 2018. Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their paper shortly after the submission, and at the latest by the 22nd of November 2017. The programme will be update to the seminar website frequently

Invited speakers

·      Insect rearing as business in Finland - opportunities and problems from a company's point of view. Antti Reen, Finsect Oy

·      Insect rearing and markets for insects: perspective of a Belgian company. Johan Jacobs, Millibeter, Belgium

·      Sustainability of insects rearing and insect-based food the Nordic perspective. Afton Halloran, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

·      Rearing automation and nutrition of insects. Thomas Spranghers, Vives University college, Belgium

Preliminary programme

4 December 2018, SeAMK Kampustalo, Kalevankatu 35, Seinäjoki (map)

The seminar starts at 14:00

Invited talk


Poster presentations

Dinner (included in the fee)

Wednesday 5th of December 2018, Frami B, Kampusranta 9B, Seinäjoki (map)

Invited talk


·  Poster viewing

·         Insect lunch, three course meal, Restaurant Prikka

·         The seminar closes by 15:00

Target group

The target group of the seminar includes experts of insect farming, researchers, and other people engaged or interested in the use of insects as food or feed.


The seminar will be held at meeting and congress center Frami in Seinäjoki, Finland ( The town ( is known for its strong food industry and for Lakeuden Risti Church and other buildings designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Further information:

How to get there

 International: Seinäjoki can be reached by air via 

Vaasa international airport (VAA) is located one-hour drive from Seinäjoki. A shuttle service will be available from/to Vaasa airport (a fee applies, requires advance booking upon registration to the seminar). 

Helsinki international airport (HEL) from where a train connection to Seinäjoki is available approximately once every hour (journey duration 2.5 to 3 hours) (  

Domestic connections:

Good train connections from Helsinki, Turku, Oulu and several other towns in Finland to Seinäjoki are available (

Bus and train travel planner (

The venue is located about 1 km from Seinäjoki railway and bus station.

Important deadlines

Submission of abstracts: 20 November 2018

Notification of acceptance: by 21 November 2018

Registration deadline: 1 December 2018

Seminar: 4-5 December 2018

Participation fee

There is a small participation fee       195 €

Note to companies located in South Ostrobothnia: Etelä-Pohjanmaan alueella sijaitsevat maatilat ja pienyritykset voivat osallistua seminaarin päiväohjelmaan veloituksetta. Ottakaa yhteyttä Jarkko Niemeen ( alennetun osallistumismaksun saamiseksi.

The participation fee includes lunches, conference dinner, refreshments or coffee during the breaks and the seminar material.

Additional information

Accommodation is not included in the seminar fee. The participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation as well as paying the price for room and breakfast to the hotel. The following hotels are located within 15 minutes walk from the venue:

Hotel Alma

Omena Hotel Seinäjoki (self-service hotel)

Original Sokos Hotel Lakeus

Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna

Scandic Seinäjoki

Hotels on the map

Local organizing committee

Jarkko Niemi, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Gun Wirtanen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Sandra Mellberg, University of Helsinki, Finland

Ilkka Latomäki, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Additional information

For further information, please contact:

Jarkko Niemi, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Phone: +358 40 358 0487


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